Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas one and all :)

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas in Europe

The NEW Linked Lapbook ~ Christmas in Europe is now available on Currclick.

It contains 13 minibooks with differentiated activities relating to Christmas traditions in Europe as well as the Nativity story and the legend of St Nicholas. There are minibooks for five countries and a blank template to add more countries of your own choice.
The Extension Activities section includes links to a science experiment, seasonal recipes from around Europe, seasonal crafts, games and more.
This lapbook can become a full unit study to be built on year after year :)

If you buy from Currclick before Wednesday, 30th November you'll get a 30% discount :)

Friday, 25 November 2016

Black Friday Sale at Currclick

Currclick is having a massive Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale with lots of products selling with 30% off. You will find all the Branch Out World products available at the discounted price in this sale, so stock up now for the New Year and beyond. Your files at Currclick don't expire and are held in your library there.

Happy Exploring!

New Website

Have you seen my lovely new website? It was designed and created by the very talented Martin of Zero Mass Creative. He was a pleasure to work with and very reasonably priced. He's a very friendly chap and communication was easy and always useful. If you're looking for a website designer, I highly recommend him :)

You can now buy Picture Book Explorers and all my other resources direct from the new website as well as from Currclick.

Why not pop over and have a look and let me know what you think?

Happy Exploring!

Friday, 11 November 2016

What to do in severe wind infograph

A little something to go along with Picture Book Explorers ~ The Mousehole Cat or any story that features high winds and storms :)

What to do in severe wind

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Can we do it again please Mum?

Turns out that my son's favourite Picture Book Explorers unit so far is the one for Greyfriars Bobby.
Why? You may ask.
Because he got to make volcano buns....

Learning through food - you can't beat it ;)

I'd love to know what  Picture Book Explorers activities your children have asked to do again :)

Happy Exploring!

Friday, 27 May 2016

World Oceans Day Lapbook

World Oceans Day is a UN observance day to raise awareness about the plight of the world's oceans.
It takes place annually on 8th June.

world oceans day lapbook

The NEW Linked Lapbook ~ World Oceans Day looks at the aims and origins not only of this observance day but of the UN itself. You can learn about different forms of life in the ocean, why that is under threat and what we can do to help....

With 15 minibooks, 3 science experiments and a whole host of extension activities to choose from, you can make the perfect home education project for your family. This pack is suitable for home educators, homeschoolers, classrooms and for all families who enjoy learning together.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

40% off SALE

Currclick are having a massive sale with 40% off all BOW products - as well as lots of other great home education and homeschooling resources :)
There's less than 48 hours left so make sure you pop on over to Currclick and grab a bargain :)


Happy Exploring!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Best Sellers Countdown Part 1

Ever wondered what the top selling Picture Book Explorers packs are?

In third place, we have Picture Book Explorers ~ Tabby McTat to use with the book Tabby McTatwritten by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

The pack contains instructions on different techniques that lead to the opportunity to create artwork in the style of Axel Scheffler. Children can explore science, maths, crafts, performing arts and creative writing through music based activities. Among other topics, your family can also learn about London, the River Thames and rivers in general.  Full instructions for all 23 activities are included along with all necessary printables to help save you, the parent, precious time better spent with your family than trawling the web.

As with all PBE packs, this UK-centric literature-based unit study can be used with multiple ages simultaneously and you can tailor the study to suit your family whether you home educate or not. The exploration can be as short as a week if you pick and choose the activities, or it can be extended for up to a month if you do one activity every day for 5 days a week.  Perfect for homeschooling families who like to have control over their curriculum rather than have the curriculum control their family's learning time :)

A glimpse at some of the activities on offer

Sunday, 6 March 2016

It's Mother's Day :)

Do you celebrate Mother's Day aka Mothering Sunday? It's a day I  look forward to because my children have created a whole little ritual in which I get breakfast in bed on a tray complete with cards and presents :) It's so sweet.

Mother's Day in the UK has different origins to the US tradition which occurs later in the year. 
You can find out about the origins of Mothering Sunday in Britain here.
You can find lots of cards, puzzles, colouring pictures and worksheets here.

In the meantime, I'd like to wish all mothers everywhere ....

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

NEW! Chapter Book Explorers

Who are Chapter Book Explorers?
They are families travelling together across a landscape of learning opportunities. They love to test all the tasty morsels offered, keeping their hearts and minds open for knowledge and keeping their hands at the ready to make, bake, craft and experiment.
They are child adventurers who may still sometimes need a guide to help negotiate the twisty-turny road towards independent learning. The path is sometimes mapped for them by older, more experienced travellers and sometimes, the path is of their own choosing as they hone their skills and sharpen their taste-buds.
They are independent readers who can navigate a pdf by themselves to determine their own learning adventure. They take on fellow travellers only when necessary and confidently carve their way forward, printing only what they need, exploring new ideas and learning what they want.
Chapter Book Explorers are all these things. They are ready for longer, more in depth, more complex studies that Picture Book Explorers. They are home educators, home schoolers, tutors and families who enjoy learning together and they are young learners who are ready to learn by themselves.

Chapter Book Explorers ~ Tom's Midnight Garden is written for learning adventurers between the ages of  8 and 12 years. The unit study can lead you on a journey that takes anywhere from 2 to 6 months to complete, depending on the number and type of activities chosen. Unlike Picture Book Explorers, it is written to the child rather than the adult so children can work with the material independently, if they wish.

This literature based unit study is cross curricular, with the geography and history projects focussing on England and the UK. There are hands-on science experiments for all seasons and a range of interactive notebooking pages included. With over 200 varied activities this pack has something for everyone :)

Find out more and view a sample chapter here.

You will also need a copy of the novel Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

JRR Tolkien's Birthday

JRR Tolkien was born in South Africa on 3rd January, 1892. You can read a full biography here and a shorter one here.

If you fancy commemorating his birthday, you can join in the toast with The Tolkien Society. They also have some resources for studying The Hobbit with essay title suggestions, a guide to runes, an introduction to Anglo-Saxon and suggestions for a dramatic walkthrough of the book, which sounds fun 👩

You could also follow the Tolkien Trail and journey through Middle Earth guided by Gandalf. The site contains games, fan fiction, artwork, music and a discussion board.
*Parents, please check suitability before letting your children on this site. Supervision is recommended.

Of course, you could spend the day watching all the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films but I don't think there's enough hours left in the day. Hmmm, could lead nicely into a maths activity there. I'll Imdb the films and get the kids to work it out ;)

Colouring pages
LEGO hobbit colouring page
Hobbit worksheets
Hobbit copywork
Ideas for a hobbit birthday party
Hobbit wordsearch
Complete course for secondary age children

Tolkien books, films & stuff:
Hobbit and Tolkien resources for home educators and homeschoolers on Currclick
Tolkien Books at The Book People
Tolkien Books at The Works